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Inclusion Gets Boost Across County

Merri Rosenberg is the Westchester correspondent for The Jewish Week.

As part of an ongoing effort to ensure that Westchester’s Jewish institutions are welcoming to LGBTQ Jews — and their families — Rabbi Steven Greenberg, who is the first openly gay Orthodox rabbi in nation, will be speaking at various venues in the county April 25-27.

“The weekend of April 25-27 is an opportunity for Westchester Jews of all backgrounds to meet with Rabbi Greenberg and hear him speak at one or more of a half-dozen locations in Southern Westchester on topics that include Jewish law and homosexuality, constructing your organization’s welcoming tent, and lessons from the Holocaust,” said Bina Raskin, director of Mosaic, a nonprofit organization that was founded to fully integrate LGBTQ Jews into the county’s community life.

Rabbi Greenberg’s program includes a dinner and speech at Beth El Synagogue Center in New Rochelle, an informal dinner at a private home, a breakfast at Temple Israel of New Rochelle, a luncheon discussion at Community Synagogue of Rye co-sponsored with Congregation Kneses Tifereth Israel and an evening Yom HaShoah program at Temple Israel Center in White Plains, co-sponsored with the JCC of Mid-Westchester. Other co-sponsors of the weekend’s activities include Mosaic of Westchester, Community Synagogue of Rye, Westchester Jewish Community Services and Westchester Jewish Council.

Rabbi Greenberg, a senior teaching fellow at CLAL-The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, a think tank, leadership-training institute and resource center, is also the director of the CLAL Diversity Project. He also serves as co-director of Eshel, an organization that focuses on the integration of Orthodox LGBTQ Jews into their families and communities.

www.mosaicofwestchester.org

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